Overcoming Unhealthy Habits - REST

liëtte smith rest Jan 17, 2022

Overcoming Unhealthy Habits

 Hear and obey Jesus today. REST.

"There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience."
Hebrews 4:9-11
The entire chapter of Hebrews 4 is about rest. REST is vital! Since I can remember,  there has been this view point that rest equals unproductive laziness. It was enforced during school through academics and sports, into college and then my working career.
It became amplified in my life personally when I entered full time ministry. There was a drive to "show your worth" and justify your income by going above and  beyond. The result was my marriage suffered, my children suffered, my walk with Jesus suffered and I lost who I was, spirit, soul and body. It was a nasty, unhealthy habit that has taken almost 7 years to overcome with the guidance of Mama J (Dr. Judy) and the Holy Spirit.
REST IS VITAL. Our bodies need rest. Research has shown that our bodies actually work at their optimum during rest. All the vital energy, nourishment and resources are used to repair, fix and fight, when they are not needed get us through the day.
Working out at the gym all day will only benefit you once you have rested. Eating the right food will only benefit you once you have rested. When we don't give our bodies the opportunity to rest we wear it out, over stimulate certain functions to the point of depletion causing major health issues. Jesus knew this. From the beginning He introduced rest by resting from work Himself.
Our minds need rest. So many of us have suffered from insomnia at one point or another because there is just too much happening in our minds. It is after all a battlefield and we need to teach it to retreat. I can testify that introducing rest in this space has actually improved my work productivity and allowed me to be more present in life.
My personal top 3 rest and retreat tools are:
1. Drawing - it doesn't require intense brain-work so I find during this time and can think things through and resolve them in my mind.
2. Beach time - there is just something about standing by the ocean, that puts things into perspective. No devices, no distraction, just waves, a chair and rest.
3. A soaking bath - with a relaxed body it easy for your mind to follow.
Our spirits need rest. Ever felt like you've been in the boxing ring of life, battered and bruised and not quite sure where its coming from? The Bible tells us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood...The spiritual battle is real but the victory is assured. Jesus invites us to come into His rest.
Come to Me, all that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
It's in this time of rest we get to hear His "still small voice." We get to be still and know that He IS God.
Flip the switch on the narrative. Hear and obey Jesus today. REST.
Liëtte (Lee) Smith


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